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Sewing Box

Description

Paint-decorated sewing box of low rectangular form, the hinged top is painted with a scenic land and seascape view, enclosed in a yellow oval border and black ground. The sides are yellow with red outline and also with long green ovals with curvilinear freehand designs in white. It has a metal interior lock with a fanciful small key, the inside is fitted with three compartments to both the box and inside cover. It is painted a deep red with swirling white-painted freehand designs in each compartment, and is painted black around the outside edges. The green underside is signed in white paint.

Details

Maker
Miller, J. (Maker)
Date
1820-1840
Inscriptions
Hand-painted on the bottom underside is: J. Miller .
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
nailing
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Textileworking T&E
Places
New York state (United States)
Descriptive terms
Box, Needlework
Nailed
nailing
needlework (visual works)
Painted
painting (coating)
scenes (depictions)
Scenic
sewing boxes
Wood
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
2 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 8 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1253
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2802

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